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Rest in Peace, Jack Leggett

Jack Leggett, former director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, has died. He was 97 - peoplewhowrite

Jack Leggett, author, one-time book publicist and editor, and former director of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, died at age 97, on January 25, 2015.

From the New York Times: “If it can be said that any one person was responsible for Iowa City being celebrated as the center of gravity for the workshop culture in the literary life of America, that person was Jack Leggett,” said Mr. [Bob] Shacochis, who won a National Book Award in 1985 for a collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, written at the Iowa Workshop, and whose novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul was a Pulitzer Prize finalist last year. “I could never have been a writer without his support.”

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